Archive for August, 2006

Search your friends

August 31, 2006

Today I came across a website called Riya.com. It allows you to search pictures. Not like google Image search but you take their picture and search it. And it finds out who they are. Go to Riya.com to learn more.

Live QnA opens up today

August 29, 2006

Windows Live QnA like Yahoo! answers is a service that let’s you ask a question and let’s the community answer for free(or fee if your google). And it was launched today! in public beta. It has a very nice interface and it is more streamlined and much more streamlined then Yahoo! Answers. Like all community driven products it needs a community(da!) to make it useful. Once it has a real community it could take off. The only downside is the Microsoft brand name that could possibly hold the whole Live product line back. Although Live.com and the whole array of Live services has really beat my expectations. Mayebe they have a chance but we’ll see how long Microsoft’s attention span lasts!

SpiralFrog.com free Music(and DRM)

August 29, 2006

SpiralFrog.comm a 2-year old start-up based in New York, NY has struck a deal with Universal Media to sell it’s entire catolog for free. It is(like Qtrax wich has struck a deal with EMI) going to have some form of DRM and will make money off adds. It is free so are people going to use it for that reason or will they stick with iTunes?

There seems to be a number of companies figuring out that consumers hate DRM(well SpiralFrog hasen’t figured that out) and want it free! Let’s just hope these ads can pay for the content and the music isn’t DRMed up the wazoo!

Leaked Vista Prices

August 29, 2006

Microsoft Canada retail pricing page has the prices of the different versions of Vista with their SKUs. It was taken down immediately but the news was already out. Well someone’s getting fired!

Vista (without formerly owning XP)

  • Ultimate $450
  • Business $341
  • Home Premium $269
  • Home Basic $233

Upgrade (from XP) 

  • Ultimate $269
  • Business $224
  • Home Premium $179
  • Home Basic $116

These are AVERAGE prices and may be changed when Vista is released. 450 dollars for an OS that’s insane! We’ll I’ll just wait for KDE and Fedora to catch up. Or I’ll just buy a Mac!

The prices were found on ZDnet

And the average prices from Gizmodo

Vista almost ready for RC

August 28, 2006

Last week one of Microsofts Build Team’s member announced on his blog that Vista is almost ready for RC-1. It even has its Build #. So Vista RC-1 should be almost ready for release. Rumor is that Vista RC-1 will be widely distributed and will be capable of everday use unlike the last version of Vista. Here part of the blog:

“We are pleased to announce the release of Pre-RC1 build 5536.16385!” reads the announcement from the build team. “This build represents significant progress incorporating your Beta 2 and 5472 feedback.”

“We have made a lot of progress since Beta 2 and 5472, and we think you will notice the quality improvements that we’ve been seeing in the daily builds.”

Good luck Vista. Lets only hope that it is not like beta 2 and doesn’t get delayed!

Zoho Office

August 28, 2006

Zoho is probly the most complete online office I have found. It comes complete with:

Zoho Show:

Zoho’s presentation software

Zoho Writer:

A web word application. It includes collaboration

Zoho Sheet:

A web based spreadsheet application

Zoho Virtual Office:

A suite including documents, calander, and email apps

There is also CRM, Creator, Planner, Chat, and Polls. Zoho offers 24×7 a website monitoring service and thandora a tag based yellow pages. Zoho has one more very interesting app: Challenge, a way to evaluate canadites online.

All in all Zoho is furthest along in creating the most complete online office suite.

Heres the downside to Zoho. Every single app seems like it was indepently built.

Google Office 2006

August 28, 2006

Just kidding. But google is launching its first part of its new suite called Google Apps for your domain. These apps include GMail, Calander, Google Talk, and Page Creator. With GMail it will let you use the GMail system and interface but it will be under your domain name. Like usual the apps will be free. And ad supported. What I cant figure out is how they are going to put ads in Google Talk. Or mayebe they wont.
Google may also add Writely and Spreadsheets to the suite later. All these being free to the user might pose a real threat(finally) to Microsoft’s monopoly on Office applications. Or it might not. Google has a history of throwing ideas out there and following up on them. But then again I find myself using Google Talk and GMail everyday.

Competition:

A problem. There are many online office suites out there. Some of these already have a large user base(or at least a user base) such as ThinkFree and gOffice. But another competitor that poses the real threat to Google Office is Office Live that will be intergrated into Office 2007 or Office ’12’. It really all depends on how loyal people are to their M$FT applications.

Go and get

Google Apps for your Domain

Windows Live Writer

August 28, 2006

I  recently tried Windows Live Writer again. This time around it was much easier to use and much more effecient. It supports most blogging sites and it supports categories. A big plus since many desktop blogging applications don,t. 

The Live Writer interface looks great. Reminds me of Office 2003. The categories drop down is on the top right hand corner. It also has lets you insert images easily. With no need of HTML. But it does let you use HTML. It also has intergration with Windows Live Local so you can insert a map.

All in all Windows live writer looks great and I will continue to use it along side of Perfomancing Firefox. And anyone who has a blog out there I urge you to relinguish your hate of Microsoft and try Live Writer.

Time to ditch Office for Web Office

August 27, 2006

oh office how great you were 6 years ago. Well its time to upgrade no matter what you think! But not to Office 2003. But to one of the many other (sometimes much better) alternitives to MSFT Office. Here they are:

1. Writely/Spreadsheets

Writely is google’s online text editor. It has all the features of a normal office app but it is on the web so you can access it from anywhere! Spreadsheets is google’s online Spreadsheet app. It has most of the features of Office 2003 Excel except the more advanced ones. Spreadsheets also offers sharing so more than one person can edit it.

writely.com

spreadsheets.google.com

2. ajax (office)

AJAXwrite is a MSFT WordPad like app. All though it may not have the gizmos that that Writely has it has a whole office that works with it including ajaxsketch, eyespot, ajaxXLS, ajaxtunes, and ajaxOS.

ajaxwrite.com

3. gOffice

gOffice is another full online suite. It has an Office 03 like word processor, desktop publishing, and spreadsheets apps. It has one more app that is a big big BIG plus. Online presentation software. So if you about to make you pitch to a VC and forgot to bring the Presentation it doesnt matter (so long as the computer has an internet connection).

goffice.com

4. ThinkFree

ThinkFree is just like gOffice but it has a big plus. It has Microsoft compatible software. So you can migrate to it very easily. It includes Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, and it lets you edit existing files that are on your desktop. It also comes with a whole gig of free storage.

thinkfree.com

Thats it with the free office review from teche.wordpress.com

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Will it be coming zune?

August 27, 2006

On friday Microsoft anounced that Toshiba will be manufacturing its new ‘ipod-killer’ Zune. The Zune will have a 3 LCD display, Wi-fi support(which may not even let you download music), and a 30 gigabyte hard drive. 30 gigabytes? Microsoft must be joking because no one is gonig to buy a 30 gig Microsoft player over a 60 gig Apple player. Well they might if Microsoft has a lot more features then it lets on. But otherwise its just another one tring to dethrone Apple.